Epidemiology and management of rusts in turfgrass sod production
PhD Position Fall 2012University of Wisconsin-Madison PhD position: Epidemiology and Managementof rusts in turfgrass sod productionProject Overview:A PhD research assistantship will be available to investigate the etiology,epidemiology and management of rust diseases in cool-season turfgrasses usedfor sod production. Research questions will focus on characterizing rustpathogens in a variety of turfgrass settings (home lawns, golf courses, athleticfields and sod farms), determining pathogenicity and aggressiveness of rust fungitowards cool-season turfgrass species, and developing management strategiesthat do not rely on fungicides. Applicants will have to work closely with growersto achieve these research goals.Information on University, Department, Lab, and City:The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities inthe United States (www.wisc.edu). UW-Madison has a long history of excellencein plant pathology, breeding, and molecular biology. This project will besupported in the in the Department of Plant Pathology and under the supervisionof Dr. Jim Kerns (http://www.plantpath.wisc.edu/users/jpk) Madison, Wisconsinconsistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work,and study. It is Wisconsin’s capital city, with a vibrant population ofapproximately 230,000 that combines small town charm with a nice variety ofleisure and cultural opportunities.Stipend/Salary:Current annual stipend levels are $20,400 per year before taxes, plus tuitionremission and health care benefits. A start date by September of 2012 at thelatest is strongly preferred.Qualifications:A MS degree in plant pathology, agronomy, plant breeding or other relateddiscipline is strongly preferred. Prior research experience with fungal plantpathogens and molecular biology is required. Especially desirable are applicantswith previous experience working with rust diseases and pathogens. Experiencewith developing field-based projects is preferred, but not required. Good Englishwriting and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team,are essential.
Application Process:Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue untilcandidates are chosen. Applications received before March 22nd 2012 areguaranteed consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversityand encourage all qualified individuals to apply.Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the following documents listed below toour Student Services Coordinator Sara Rodock (firstname.lastname@example.org) (in ONE PDFfile please). Please specify in your letter when you would be available to start.Required Documents:1. The “Plant Pathology; University of Wisconsin-Madison GraduateApplication Cover Sheet” which can be found at:http://www.plantpath.wisc.edu/sites/default/files/pp_cover_sheet_kerns.doc2. Cover letter outlining research interests, academic and professionalbackgrounds3. Resume/CV4. Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point)5. GRE scores if available6. Reprints if available7. Names and contact addresses of three references